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Combining disparate elements of electronics (Þórður Kári SteinPórsson, aka 'Doddi'), clarinet (áslaug Rún Magnúsdóttir) and Jófrídur ákadóttir's enchanting voice, Samaris mix glacial electronica and bold, percussive beats with haunting chant-like vocals - the lyrics culled from nineteenth century Icelandic poems. "You could say the words have been delicately sewn together and in a way they already have their song, their own melody when you read them" suggests áslaug. The overall effect is simultaneously ancient and modern - an ethereal sound filled with dark spaces and alien atmosphere.

Samaris release a brand new single 'Ég vildi fegin verða' - the first taster from their forthcoming 'Silkidrangar' debut album - via One Little Indian on 28th April. The album follows on May 5th.

Following UK and Irish dates with John Grant in March, the band have announced a series of festival shows and UK dates in May including a Great Escape appearance on 8th May and a headline London date at Birthdays on the 13th May.

The UK release last July of the groups' two Icelandic EPs as the eponymous Samaris sparked widespread interest, Dazed & Confused proffering an Einar Orn sponsored feature while glowing reviews appeared everywhere from the NME to the FT.

All of a sudden, the original aspiration of "just wearing funny costumes and thinking maybe we could get a gig in a bar in Reykjavik" was a distant memory as Samaris moved into the international scene playing European festivals like Sonar, Berlin Music Week, Electric Picnic and a sold out JaJaJa show in London. The Line Of Best Fit nominated them the No.1 act to see at Airwaves 2013.

In September, following a show supporting Jon Hopkins in Manchester the band effectively went on hiatus when clarinettist áslaug departed on a long planned round-the-world trip, the three regrouping in Australia in the New Year to perform at the Spiegeltent on the 16th & 17th January, part of the Sydney Festival, and their first shows together in four months.

Formed in 2011 in Reykjavik, within months Samaris had won both the Icelandic Músíktilraunir (past winners include the likes of Of Monsters and Men) and Kraumur Award. The groups' performance at Iceland Airwaves in 2012, attracted the attention of Line Of Best Fit, Drowned In Sound and One Little Indian amongst many others. Singer Jófrídur also performs with her sister ásthildur in the more folk-inclined Pascal Pinion.

"Few things elicit such visceral reactions from us, but... we can't help but be reduced to awestruck piles of glazed-eye gibbering."
8.5/10 The Line of Best Fit

"Brilliantly, the lack of a common language doesn't stop you getting swept up in the band's strangely sensual world."
NME 7/10

"Silkidrangar transcends language and symbolism, casting a spell on the listener."
The Ground

"Time will tell whether we will look back on Silkidrangar as the band's bold statement of intent - but for now, it's a stunning record in its own right."
8/10 Drowned In Sound

"[Samaris are]on the verge of something great."
Figure8

"Ethereal."
Nowness

"Ethereal and paranormal. An entirely other-worldly experience...quite possibly one of the strongest albums this year"
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